Continuing a proud history of San Antonio agricultural fairs that stretches back to 1854, The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo plunges guests into 17 days of animal showcases and western fun. Barns all across the grounds bustle with prize critters entered into one of the world's largest livestock shows, and outdoor stages bop with rollicking all-ages music acts. A petting zoo and carnival cater to the littlest dogies in the kid-focused Li'l Partner land, and three major shopping areas with more than 650 vendors outfit cowfolk and their favorite cows in authentic gear. The grounds are open every day until 10 p.m. or midnight, depending on weather and the success of organizers' efforts to lasso the sun.
A finalist for the 2006 Richard Rodgers Award, Greetings from Yorkville poignantly chronicles the travails and joys of a Midwestern songwriting duo as they move to Manhattan to realize their dream of a life in musical theater. Under the direction of two-time Tony Award–winner Thommie Walsh, real-life couple Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki dramatize the autobiographical narrative with minimal scenery and few explosions, relying on the textures of her voice interwoven with his piano in a tale that “rings true because it is their own” (New York Times). The Brauntex Theatre will host a one-night-only reprise of the original Off-Broadway run in its intimate 600-seat auditorium, feeding families and garnishing West San Antonio Street with a sliver of Big Apple.
Billy’s Ice slings cold drinks and no-frills fare in a casual, open-air atmosphere infused with the notes of live musicians every night of the week. Diners fuel up for shows—which never charge a cover for patrons 21 and older—with Billy’s burgers, served simply without unnecessary accouterments such as caviar or gold-infused mustard. A selection of appetizers includes favorites such as chicken wings and jalapeño poppers. Within the barn-style building and spacious open-air patio, revelers grab a bite, sip libations from the full bar, or gaze at the spot on the moon where Neil Armstrong first body-slammed Buzz Aldrin. Billy's slings eats from 4 p.m. to midnight Monday–Thursday, noon to midnight on Friday and Sunday, and noon to 1 a.m. on Saturday.
Lerner and Loewe’s six-time Tony Award–winning Broadway musical My Fair Lady adapts George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion into the tale of snooty phonetics professor Henry Higgins, who makes a wager that he can transform cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into an upstanding member of high society. As Higgins comically struggles to supplant Eliza’s chimney-sweep accent and guttural demeanor for fancy savoir-faire, a romance unfolds proving that love conquers all forms of enunciation. Audiences waltz with their armrests as classic show tunes such as “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “On the Street Where You Live” stake their claim in memory banks for future shower serenades.
When he's not gigging at renowned venues such as CBGB or the Bowery Ballroom, Pancho Garza preps others to do the same at Alamo Rock School. Likewise, Pancho's fellow instructors channel years of teaching and performing experience to help students aged 8–17 improve their guitar, bass-guitar, drums, piano, or singing skills.
Weekly one-on-one lessons are the bedrock of Alamo's rock club, whose weekend jam sessions give students the opportunity to play with fellow musicians. Private lessons pair with group rehearsals at the school's summer camp and rock performance sessions, which culminate in a live show at a local venue. Designed for musicians 18 and older, the adult rock program similarly whisks students out of their grownup forts made of utility bills to the stage.
Winner of the San Antonio Current readers' poll for Best Local Theater Company of 2011, The Overtime Theater produces innovative original plays and musicals as well as spirited adaptations of old classics. Like the birth of a Qinling panda, each Overtime production has never been seen before onstage, nourishing theatergoers with the freshly crafted stage fare of passionate playwrights. Use today’s deal to treat a friend or special dog groomer to the poignant political comedy of Ugly People (August 19–September 17), the existential drama of Life, or a Reasonable Approximation Thereof (July 8–August 6), or the smooth jazz and blues of DOA: A Noir Musical (September 30–October 29), a creative adaptation of the 1950 film classic.